Mark Sellew



Cell Phone: (860) 234-6713

Wow, where has the time gone?? I have been at Prides for over 35 years…unbelievable! I can assure you that it has been a most interesting journey, full of many failures and triumphs. I still love it! The promise of spring every year is eternal and something that still motivates me.
What still excites me is our constant quest to find a better way, whether it involves how to get roots on Viburnum carlesii cuttings or how to load a truck more efficiently. Each of the hundreds of jobs we do at Prides involves people and processes. I am still fascinated by the way our people work the process, overcome obstacles and successfully complete their jobs. The team here at Prides is what I am most proud of. When we work together nothing is impossible.

My wife Lisa works full time in the business and tries to make sure I don’t get into too much trouble. I have three sons, two of whom are working full time in the business. Paul, my oldest, is our salesperson for Massachusetts. My youngest son Jack just joined Prides Corner this spring and will be exposed to all facets of Prides as he starts his career. My other son Ben is still pursuing his interests in New York City.

I still love to get into the woods on my mountain bike on the weekends and climb as many mountains as I can every summer.

My Favorite Plant:

My favorite plant is always evolving. In the past my favorites were some of the PW Hydrangea paniculata selections. This time, I am turning a little soft and picking the new varieties of Perovskia, particularly 'Denim 'n Lace' and Peek-A-Blue®. They are compact flowering machines that are so much better than the tall and gangly older selections.